The Institute of Development Policy will be hosting the permanent* exhibition Hybridity in Ritual Objects, showing objects from all around the world from the collection of the MAS museum in Antwerp.
The exhibition will officially open on 28 September 2018 at 18.00h. The exhibition is freely accessible during office hours (9.00-17.00h) in the S-building, 1st floor (between rooms S.101 and S.106), Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen.
The objects on display tell stories of syncretism: the mixing of religions and beliefs on different continents, from Africa to Europe, Asia and the Americas. For example, the Nigerian Koro Ache mask continues African figurative traditions even after the introduction of islam, with its injunction against the depiction of human figures. In Indonesia, traditional funerary rites included trance dances and animal sacrifice, even after christianization. And European Freemasonry uses symbols from christianity, judaism, sufism, etc.
*The exhibition is currently scheduled to run until 1 May 2020, but may be extended.